Is it possible to put tiles over the bricks on my fireplace?

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I would like to tile my fireplace but I have bricks on it. Can't I do it without taking the stones off?
q is it possible to put tiles over the bricks on my fireplace, concrete masonry, fireplaces mantels, tiling
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  • Rose-marie Rose-marie on Jan 16, 2016
    I HAD A SIMILAR FIREPLACE, DIDN'T FIT THE LUSH DECOR OF MY NEW ROOM, BEING A WORKING GIRL, MONEY WASN'T IN ABUNDANCE, SO, I TOOK A LARGE BRUSH AND PAINTED OVER ALL OF IT WITH WHITE HI-GLOSS PAINT, 3-4 COATS, I THEN PAINTED THE BLACK SURROUND WITH SILVER SPRAY PAINT, WOW WHAT A TRANSFORMATION FOR A SATURDAY AFTERNOON'S WORK, IT RETAINS ITS CHARM BUT IS BROUGHT UP TO DATE. EVERYONE LOVES IT.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 16, 2016
    Instead of going through all that tiling here is a site that may give you other ideas. www.kylieminteriors.ca/how-to-update-your-fireplace-5-easy-ideas/
  • Denise Denise on Jan 16, 2016
    I am considering the same project, probably have to install cement backer board first
  • Cantito01 Cantito01 on Jan 16, 2016
    Yes you can . We did in 1 weekend. First, my husband used concrete fire board bought at Home Depot, cutting it to dimensions, to include the fireplace opening. I then attached the late tiles I wanted, also bought in HD, us ing a tub of tile adhesive, separating the tiles with the small plastic dividers. Grout the whole thing, remove the excess with a damp sponge and you're done. We did this 15 years ago and it is still up! All the supplies are from HD or L too. Go ahead, You can do it. It changed the whole den-beautiful.
  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 16, 2016
    My parents home had a beautiful brick fireplace similar to yours. After my father passed, mom got on a 'home decorating' binge and had the entire brick fireplace painted including the hearth pure white. As a 'vintage home' purist, I was heartsick. I love the look of aged brick, adding cozy warmth to a family/living room. I know when we assume the home, we will have the brick sandblasted to restore the lovely brick. Think carefully about what you may chose to do so that you don't mar the mortar or drill holes in bricks that could be impossible to restore, as you may want to sell this and move up or down. Just a thought.
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    • Rosemary Smart Rosemary Smart on Jan 17, 2016
      I was offended a bit as well @Barbara. We who have aging parents know it's wise to allow, but plan for the future. I know so many people who refuse to allow themselves to even think of mum or dad moving on, and then are absolutely blindsided by their inevitable death. Cudo's to you for thinking ahead, while allowing and supporting. And thank you so much for your thoughts on natural brick. We are in the process of offering on a home that has a natural brick fireplace and I too was thinking of tiling it. However, the home is to be a "flip", now my future home, so - in light of your input - I'm rethinking the tiling.
  • Olga dawson Olga dawson on Jan 16, 2016
    I have seen it someplace where a cement backerboard was cut and attached on top of brick. Then, you can easily lay any tile you want and the grout will stick and stay. Plus, it created an even surface needed for proper straight lines of tiles. Hope this helps. Good luck! I hated our orange brick fireplace but painting it would not help as the bricks were not evenly laid
  • Cantito01 Cantito01 on Jan 17, 2016
    Sorry I did not put that in, when I gave my reply. We put the concrete fire board directly onto the bricks. You do not have to remove the bricks. It was anchored into the bricks with what looked like metal wall anchors, readily obtained in HD or any hardware store. A regular drill is not efficient for drilling the holes. My husband says you will need to rent a reciprocating drill and use a masonry drill bit, as he did.